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The import, manufacture and use of asbestos is now banned in Australia. However, asbestos products were used extensively in Western Australia – most commonly as flat or corrugated asbestos cement sheeting in buildings and/or fencing.

Houses built in Western Australia between mid 1980s and 1990 are likely to contain asbestos-containing products. Houses built in WA before the mid 1980s are highly likely to contain asbestos-containing products. Undisturbed, asbestos-containing products in good condition are safe. However, if cut, drilled, sanded or machined they can release asbestos fibres into the air. Inhaling these fibres can cause slow-developing deadly lung diseases including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Issue Who to call for help Contact details
Handling asbestos products safely

Your local government environmental health officer

Environmental Health Unit, WA Health

Find your local council in the local government directory

Phone: 9388 4999

Removing, transporting and disposing of asbestos

Your local government environmental health officer

DER-Controlled Waste

Find your local council in the local government directory

Phone 6467 5294 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Occupational health and safety advice WorkSafe (WA Department of Commerce) Phone: 1300 307 877

 

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